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Back Through Interruption: Poems (Wick Poetry First Book Series) (2001)

by Kate Northrop

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Northrop's first book as a smooth, stark read. The poems deal with the memory of moments after & before interruptions that range from obvious interruptions such as accidents and deaths, to smaller, stinging moments: words whispered in the speaker's ear or the red startlement of a geranium blossom. In addition to being a good, compelling read, this is a great book for bringing students to poetry. I've used Northrop's poem from this collection, "The Dead" as a first-day text in several introductory writing and literature classes and can highly recommend both the poem and the book as a whole. The smooth, assured movement of the language is deceptive in its simplicity, and allows novice poetry readers immediate entry, while exposing them to more formal skill than they realize. Northrop's new book, /Things are Disappearing Here/ is due out in April, and I'm eagerly awaiting the release. ( )
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Kate Northrop's Back Through Interruption is a deeply moving and thought-provoking collection of poetry. It takes the reader through a world that is at once beautiful and tragic, sacrosanct and profane. "Kate Northrop's elegant, intelligent, wonderfully plotted first book, Back Through Interruption, has been born under the sign of the double helix and is governed by that shape. These are poems of being two: woman and man, daughter and mother, sister and sister. Like magnets they are held together by attraction or parted by force of opposition. In these poems, no matter what changes in the cast of characters, what is important is that they are all creatures in, and creations of, a text."--Lynn Emanuel, judge"Kate Northrop's poems are drawn ineluctably to the place where passion and intelligence collide--and often they end with passion having fled and intelligence standing alone, surveying 'the way we travel into memory.' But Northrop's intelligence is so coruscating that it possesses all the passion of passion itself. 'I would be judged,' says a woman on the verge of adultery, 'and what was individual / would collapse under the burden / of a story.' But she is wrong. In these dazzling poems, individuals and their stories stand side by side, each making the other glow more brightly than they would alone."--Andrew Hudgins… (more)

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